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from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hello, everybody. wis day wednesday, august 7th. are you ready for a whole bunch of little nose pickers? because they are here and they are adorable. >> we have a really uplifting, terrific show, and it involves -- it's all about inspirational kids, talented kids, kids who are preachers and singers and inspirational. and they are doing things that make you -- >> they are changing the world. they are changing the world. >> we're going to try to inspire your own child, because sometimes we have good intentions for our kids and we end up pushing them too hard and
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they don't end up doing what they are meant to be doing. >> really, really good advice for you if you think your child is sort of going that direction as a performer, we're going to have a couple of casting agents on in a little bit, showing what you're doing right, what you're doing wrong. >> i remember hearing about tiger woods' dad and tiger woods' dad said when he was a little boy, he held the golf club at age 3 and tiger said to his dad, i want to hit another one. and he said, tomorrow we hit another one. he went to sleep, dreamt about it, next day, he hit it. i want to hit two more, tomorrow we hit two. >> something to look forward to, as opposed to getting burnt out on it even then. >> exactly. >> i did everything wrong, apparently. >> all right, so jimmy fallon was talking about us yet again. >> gosh. >> anyway -- >> anything to do with that stuff.
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>> it's a pros and cons segment. i hope we're in the pros section. >> depends, let's see what he said. >> tonight we'll be taking a look at the pros and cons of shark week. pro, sharks can smell a drop of blood from over a mile away. con, kathie lee and hoda can do the same thing with merlot. it's a gift. it's an amazing gift. >> i just sent over baby gifts to jimmy. >> to winnie. >> winnie rose. i bet she's adorable. >> congrats to him. >> so, we had pictures taken yesterday. >> oh, yes, we did, you're right. >> our least favorite thing to do in the world and pretty much everybody knew it at the time. >> we have an entire "today" staff, as you know, and cast, and it's a lot of people, so that's us. but there were actually all seven -- >> there we are. >> we were outside on the plaza snapping pictures for promos. >> i leaned on al roker to beat
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the band. >> that was a fake smile. anyway. >> that's real. >> that was real. >> i don't know why we showed you that. probably bored you as much as it did us. you know who's not bored right now because he's in a little bit of trouble, these ugly american tourists, hoda. >> 55-year-old american tourist who shall remain nameless. >> because we don't know his name. >> he was at a museum in florence and right before him was the statue of the virgin mary. a 600-year-old statue of the virgin mary. he decided it would be a good idea to high five the virgin mary. or maybe compare his hand to the virgin mary. anyway, while doing it, the pinky snapped off. okay? the pinky snapped off of the virgin mary hand. people are livid. >> they are outraged! and they are taking umbrage all over italy. >> we should point out that the finger wasn't marble.
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it had snapped off before. >> it was a plaster one. >> anyway, the museum director said, quote, the fundamental rules for visiting a museum has been forgotten, it's do not touch the works. okay, anyway, it's happened before. i guess at the met museum here in 2010. >> yes, a lady tripped. >> she was walking and she fell into a picasso. >> hey, it happens. six-inch gash. >> it happens. >> now, that was an accident. she wasn't planning on it. he did something you shouldn't do. >> she just fell down and gashed it. can you imagine? >> we'd love to know, talk to us on facebook and let us know if there's anything you've ever done that you just, oh, my god. >> have you? >> of course. >> i can't remember -- >> you know what's more fun than anything? >> what? >> one ton of fat. >> 15 tons. >> 15 ton ball of congealed -- love that word, congealed fat has been removed from a london sewer. >> this is weird.
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this is what it looks like. just so you know, you know when you pour grease or something down the sink because you're too lazy to put it in a can in the garbage? >> yes. >> in london, all of this congealed together, everyone's dumping of grease, and it turned into a big blob the size of a double decker bus. they've dubbed it the fatburg. it's blobby and oozy and it reminded us, thank you, howie, it reminded us of the blob. remember? >> that's the first horror movie i ever saw. >> 1958, look. ♪ >> every one of you watching this screen, look out, because soon, very soon, the most horrifying monster menace ever conceived will be oozing into this theater. >> i want to see it. >> "the blob." >> where is it? >> come under the door, it would crawl. run, run! comes under the door.
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it creeps. it eats you alive. >> that is ridiculous. >> danger. >> steve mcqueen. >> i miss movies like that. that's when movies were movies. >> remember when "jaws" was really scary? the movie "jaws"? looks kind of dumb now, but when you saw it then, i remember how terrifying it was. now everything looks so much more real. >> you know, christine, my dear, dear friend, is to this day terrified of birds because of the movie, hitchcock movie, "the birds." >> you could see that happening. >> yeah. >> that's scary, yeah. yeah. >> it is scary. all right, do you want to live until you're 120 years old? >> pew research center asked -- >> they need to change their name. >> sorry. >> you guys, we decided since there's so many things we have to apologize for during this
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show, we just have a button that joanne found at the toy store. >> every time you push it, it's a different version of -- >> sorry. >> i'm so sorry. sorry. i apologize. i'm so sorry. sorry. my bad. sorry. >> this is my favorite, i think. >> i'd like to take a brief moment to offer my apologies. >> we're going to keep this button here. >> this is going to be here for all time and we want two more, one with applause, we often need that. we want one with laughter and one that has flatulence. i'll be the happiest talk show person ever. >> excellent. >> we asked you the question, do you want to live to 120? 69% of the people said they do not want to live until they are 120 years old. >> first of all, nobody knows somebody that old and nobody wants to, let's be honest. i don't want to -- i'm 70, if
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i'm not healthy. it's all about your health. >> how long would you want to live if you are healthy? >> as long as the lord has me here, yeah. if i'm sick and a burden and i can't enjoy the beautiful things in life, i would rather go to a better place. >> i wouldn't want to -- >> where there's no blob, you know? >> i wouldn't want to outlive everyone from my era that understood my movies, my music, the things i loved. careful. you want to discuss things with people. >> i'm sorry. >> anyway -- >> we've got to quit today, got to quit talking early, because we have a room full of little kids who have a lot to say. >> this one has a youtube video, nearly 7 million hits. she's only 13 years old. >> is she the next big thing? a live performance from internet sensation, maddy or maddie? maddie lee. >> from a pint sized preacher to budding chef. >> inspiring kids making a difference.
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and we are drinking "star trek" wine. >> in honor of the children. >> 50 years since "star trek." we didn't think that through. >> we'll be right back. >> wait, wait. >> sorry! >> better. alright guys, let's huddle up here and talk probiotics.
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all right. if you have been wondering where all the inspiring role models are for your kids, you are about to meet three young people who are making a huge difference. >> michael, we are already in love with him because he says we're 21, is a 13 year old.
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he's raising money to help the victims of the boston bombing. as a amputee himself, he knows firsthand the challenges many of them are facing. >> jordan summer is the president of ms. amazing pageant, she created it to help girls and women with disabilities realize their potential. >> and 8-year-old anna chung -- >> wong? >> what is it? >> choung. where's my sorry button? michael, let's start with you. you've got your t-shirt on that says "mikey's run." when you were younger, 8 years old, you had an illness and lost some of your limbs. tell us about what happened. >> when i was about 8 years old, like you said, i have an immune disease called cdd, i don't know the full name, dirt gets in my bloodstream, oxygen and blood stops flowing through my body. what happened is i had dirt under my finger nail, had a bug
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bite, started scratching it and the dirt got into it and the blood stopped flowing to my hands and feet and they turned black. after seven weeks in the hospital i was released. and a month later they had to amputate my hands and feet because they were no longer working. >> wow. you got prosthetics -- >> never heard of that. very rare, isn't it? >> my brother, harris, has it, too. they already knew about it for him. it happened to me first, so they were able to stop it. >> we should point out you do all kinds of things. >> besides charming women. >> we know you're good at that. >> you got prosthetic legs and have this great run that helps benefit other amputees, right? >> yeah. >> we're really, really happy for all the things that you're doing. let's move on to ms. jordan and ms. amazing. >> ms. amazing. you did a beauty pageant yourself as a child. >> yeah, yeah, i've been doing pageants since the age of 7. it wasn't something i did every two weeks, i wasn't obsessed about it. >> you were no honey boo-boo? >> pageantry has taken an odd
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turn. it's something i did once a year to meet friends, learn public speaking skills, interview skills. yeah, just been a really beneficial thing for me and i wanted to provide that opportunity for girls with disabilities. >> it must be so uplifting for them. tell us what that feels like to watch one of those pageants. >> when i first started the ms. amazing pageant, i was 13. i didn't realize the kind of impact it would make, but what keeps me going and inspired is just the girls who just completely transform, have that nice moment to realize their abilities. >> value for who they are, which is awesome. >> that's what everyone needs. >> look how cute hannah is sitting in her little chair. it's your turn. >> what do you do that's amazing? >> you had diabetes since you were a little girl? >> i had it since i was 3. >> what are you doing to raise awareness? >> we're doing walks, diabetes walks over the brooklyn bridge
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and my cousins actually held a lemonade stand. >> great. >> to raise money. i'm not sure how much money there is. >> we hear so much bad news about kids today, some of the ones doing all kinds of bad things. what advice would you give a kid today who wants to make a difference with their life? >> if you try your hardest, you can do it. it only takes one person to make a huge difference. just find the right people to help you and you can make a bigger impact than you ever expected. >> what do you think, hon? >> mainly, value your youth. it's the time when you don't have the responsibility. >> which i had. >> you can experiment and find where you feel inspired, where you feel comfortable, where you're really, truly happy without all the strings attached. >> you kids are really -- hannah, all of you kids are doing great, great, great work. we're so proud of you. >> proud and delighted that you're with us. >> thanks for coming to see us. >> thank you.
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>> we only had to say sorry once. >> excellent. they say every child has a talent, but you have to give a little nudge. >> advice on how to inspire your kids to find their own specific passion. >> this guy is passionate when he's at the pulpit. >> the pint-sized preacher. >> samuel green. >> first, these messages. easo why do you feel exso tired afterward? instead of refueled and focused, you're foggy and sluggish. it's that 2:30 feeling again. so how do you get your clear, alert feeling back? have a coffee... then another? do this instead. take one 5-hour energy. in minutes foggy and sluggish is gone... hello clear and alert. 5-hour energy. take it after lunch. be clear and alert for hours. >> with hotwire's low prices, i can cross even more places off my travel wish list. this year alone, i hit new york and texas. see, hotwire checks the competition's rates every day so they can guarantee
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so many wonderful kids today with such strong passion and talent. >> as parents we often wonder what our children will grow up to be and do and what we can do to nurture those talents or help our kids find them. >> how do you raise inspired kids? here with advice are michelle and mike. -- bruce fieler the author of the secret of families. once named father of the year, by the way. >> i was, actually.
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>> my kids don't respect it, but it did happen. >> michelle, every parent, obviously, wants their kid to flourish and sometimes you see something your kid is good at. what should you do to sort of encourage him or her? >> most important thing is we're going to tune into our kids and let them lead us. you're really looking to see where's that child's passion lie? because the new research is really showing us that the right conditions and the right parenting, we can really help stretch our kids to all of them, shine a little brighter and that's what it's about. not having them win the pulitzer. >> not become celebrities, but the finest little people they can be. >> what you're doing is you're going to look a little closer to figure out where his natural interests are. listen, i'm sure while they were watching a tv show and said i'm really upset about what happened in oklahoma. tune into that. then you can always ask a teacher at a parent conference, what are his strengths, what are his talents, and then assess, because a passion becomes an obsession with a child who's really talented. >> can't stop them from doing it. we are going to have a little girl on in a bit that can't stop singing and a boy that can't stop preaching.
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>> you have to be careful about not pushing them. kids are funny, when you push them, they don't want to do the things you want them to do. >> i'm so glad you mentioned that. first of all you can't decide you're going to raise a talented child. you have to make sure your expectations are right. and some fabulous new research is actually been tracking these kids to discover, first we have to be a champion. we've got to be a cheerleader and support our own children. second of all, the first teachers are absolutely critical for a child that's really talented. they have to be one who's child oriented and also fun. >> unfortunately, sometimes that's not the case. >> you want a child that's well rounded, as well. not only a talented kid, but kid who's empathetic and can feel what's going on. >> there are things parents can do. you mentioned my book, the secrets of happy families, and i spent time looking at families trying to figure out what i could learn. the single most surprising thing i learned is if you want to have inspiring children, tell inspiring stories about your own family. kids who know more about their
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family history have a higher belief that they can control the world. >> just makes sense. >> and a greater sense of -- >> what if you don't have a great family story? >> even better. that's the point i want to make, don't just tell the positive stories, maybe an aunt had breast cancer, house burned down, maybe lost a job. by being open, this has changed how i parent, because i think my instincts were to only tell positive stories to protect. now when you talk about pain, they become -- they get out of themselves and they relate to it. as you all know, i spent a year fighting cancer in my leg and i was on crutches and i was worried it would traumatize my children. instead, they went running to the kid with the amputated leg on the playground or would look at the rabbit in the kids book that had crutches and would reach out. telling your own stories of your own struggles will actually help your children to become more empathetic. >> that's so smart. meredith vieira once said her husband has m.s., how has that affected your family?
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i raised more caring children, that's what it gave me. >> because it stretches their empathy. that's what you have, three children here who have such heart. heart is what opens it up. >> otherwise we're sort of basically selfish, aren't we? me, mine, down, no. we have to teach them, i'm sorry -- >> my bad. >> we got to go, you guys. we could talk about it forever. got some great kids we got to get to. >> thank you so much. >> thank you very much. her parents helped nurture her plans of making it big. >> she's well on her way. maddie lee is here to sing for us. >> and preacher samuel green is here.
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we're back with more of "today" and a special show for anyone hoping to raise responsible and inspierd children. we're about to meet one young lady who's both of these. maddie lee has been belting out songs since she learned to talk.
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>> now at the ripe age of 13, she's a bona fide internet sensation with fans who can't get enough of her music. check it out. ♪ ♪ if i were a boy i think i could understand ♪ >> her youtube videos have been viewed nearly 7 million times. she covers popular songs from taylor swift, one direction, justin timberlake, and maddie lee is here with her mom, vanessa. wheeler or weiller? >> weiller. great to see you both. >> congratulations, sensation. >> thank you. >> you've been singing ever since you can remember. >> yeah. >> i was reading where your brother would cry and you would have maddie sing and what would happen? >> stop, completely. maddie, sing something. >> are your husband have musical ability or skipped a generation? >> total fluke, yes.
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>> you sang at one of the ball games in cleveland. you're from cleveland. you sang "god bless america." what did that feel like to sing in front of a crowd like that? a lot of the stuff you've been doing has been on youtube. >> it was really amazing and the crowd was really great. it was just a lot of fun. >> who has inspired you, honey, i know taylor swift, you like her. who's the best singer in the whole world, do you think? >> taylor swift, of course. lea michele. >> yeah. you like "glee" and all that stuff. do you see a career in broadway or singing popular songs, what do you think? >> i hope one of those happens, something with singing. >> you will, i think. >> you're going to sing a little bit of a taylor swift song for us, right? which one is it? >> "we are never getting back together." >> that's a good one. >> never, ever. >> maddie lee. >> take it away, maddie.
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♪ i remember when we broke up the first time ♪ ♪ saying this is it i've had enough ♪ ♪ we haven't seen each other in a month when you said you needed space ♪ ♪ then you come around again and say baby i miss you and i swear i'm going to change ♪ ♪ trust me ♪ never lasted for a day ♪ i say i hate you we break up ♪ you call me i love you ♪ we called it off again last night ♪ ♪ oh this time i'm telling you i'm telling you ♪ ♪ we are never ever ever getting back together ♪ ♪ we are never ever ever getting back together ♪ ♪ you go talk to your friends talk to my friends talk to me ♪ ♪ so we are never ever ever ever getting back together ♪
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♪ like ever [ cheers and applause ] >> maddie, nice job! >> that's so good. you were born for this. born for it. >> thank you. very, very proud of her. all righty. does your child have a voice like maddie? >> or do they want to be the next big tv star? >> what you need to know to help them land that first gig right after this. uh-oh! guess what day it is?? guess what day it is! huh...anybody? julie! hey...guess what day it is?? ah come on, i know you can hear me. mike mike mike mike mike... what day is it mike? ha ha ha ha ha ha! leslie, guess what today is? it's hump day. whoot whoot! ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? i'd say happier than a camel on wednesday. hump day!!! yay!! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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take a look. >> look at our fans, we have two. >> your song -- >> i want to hodie on your kotb. >> caught on with one other person. >> going to be big. do you think you have the next justin bieber/selena gomez on your hands and think my child can do that? >> who doesn't think your kid can do it? if you think your kid has what it takes, better listen up. heather finn and bob kline, an independent casting director, who's actually found me a job once. it's great to see you guys, welcome. >> when you have a casting call of a lot of kids, is there
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something you're looking for right away, sparkle, what is it that you're searching for first? >> i'm always looking for personality. really that's what sets everyone apart from each other is someone who has a good personality and can show that to other people. it's not just a personality when they are at home, they are really fun. >> it's got to be a natural one, though, doesn't it? >> i always beg for the right amount of confidence, mixed with a little dash of humility. >> that's not easy with a child who's been told all their life how fabulous they are also. >> personality is what stands out the most. even when you get a group of kids together, which one are you paying attention to? >> parents wonder if they should go to a cold call and bring their kid or get an agent. what's the best approach, do you guys think? >> the first step is always try and find an agent. there are lots of different ways to find agents. you can send your child's picture in the mail, there are things like call sheet back stage that have lists of agents and managers, and send in pictures of your child, regular
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snapshots of your child, and that's what's going to start getting them noticed. then they can start going out for auditions. >> if you find out what we're looking for through call sheet or backstage or play bill. then you can read the descriptions of what we're looking for. and if your child seems right, submit them. >> how difficult -- we hear about the back stage mothers and fathers. have you all experienced that in your careers? >> i cast the "annie" tour for many, many years. >> besides me. >> for many, many years and they didn't know it, but i was always the one in the holding room measuring every child because we need to know how tall they were and stuff like that. i was really sent out there to watch the parents and see if there were any red flags about personalities or kids who didn't want to be there that their parents wanted them to be there to fulfill their dream. >> parent might be the problem, not the kid. >> we are looking for kids who want to do this and whose parents are going to be helping them and not hindering them. >> what if you have a child who's talented but the mom is an
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out of control stage mom? do you not hire those people? >> we try not to, you know, we try and talk to the parents first and, you know, try and temper it with, okay, try and get someone to relax first if we can. someone going to be kind of a nightmare, might not be someone we can worth with. >> how lucrative is this for a kid, if a kid gets a commercial, what are parents going to get at the end? >> national commercial can start a nice savings account, but it's not going to change their lives forever unless it keeps happening and keeps happening. >> a series will. >> absolutely. it depends what kind of job they are doing. a print job is not going to necessarily pay much, but, you know, sometimes it's just for what i call, especially babies with grandparents actors, oh, look we're in "people" magazine, oh, toys "r" us. >> and it should all be baby steps, too. let each successful thing build on the next step. >> thank you both. we really appreciate it. >> thank you so much. you changed my life.
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coming up, his sermons have mesmerized thousands across the country. >> the little preacher with the big message. 8-year-old samuel green. oh, yeah, can i hear a hallelujah? right after this. good morning the seven-day forecast working through august here. more showers in the northeast. thursday afternoon rain moves into the interior northeast and anywhere there is red on the map is a threat for a severe storm. in the plains, parts of kansas and missouri more isolated severe weather and more heavy rain in the southeast, new orleans up to the atlanta area. 75 in minneapolis. we have much cooler weather behind a cold front. 77 in chicago. not typical for august. 104 in dallas. the heat is on in the southern plains. 76 in los angeles. the closer to the coast the
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cooler it will be. we have fires in southern california. no relief from the rain here not in the near future. all of the rain stays east of the mississippi and more severe storms headed into the northeast on friday. and we get rid of everything on saturday. saturday looks better in the northeast. if you are going to jones beach and along the cape, 81 in boston. it will be nice for saturday. showers in the mid atlantic all the way back here along the mississippi. still dry across the west with the exception of areas across northern washington and northern montana. 83 in kansas city on sunday. we dry out in the nation's midsection. on monday we are looking at showers in arkansas, oklahoma, down in the southeast. still 78 in chicago. we're not shaking the cooler than average weather around the great lakes. 96 in salt lake city.
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there is a pint-sized preacher in jackson, mississippi, who has everybody fired up. at 5 years old, samuel green realized he had a special gift. >> three years later he's already a veteran at the pulpit, inspiring everyone who wants to listen wherever he goes. take a look. >> he had nothing. he lost his land, he lost his animals. he lost his sons and daughters. but do you know what job did? job got to his knees and began worshipping god saying the lord has gave and the lord has taken away. blessed be the name of the lord. >> samuel's here with his mother, joanne green, and his mentor, beverly coleman.
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>> hello, hello, hello. >> hi. >> you are just a bright light sitting over there. you can preach even without those teeth. it's unbelievable. >> when you're up there preaching, are you just memorizing things? tell us what you're doing up there at the pulpit. >> it's something i do, like everyday stuff. i really don't forget it. i really don't get nervous, because i know god has my back. >> god has your back. >> are all your sermons about bible stories? >> well, yes. >> do you have a favorite one, like david and goliath? >> i have a favorite one and it's named "job." >> job. >> because job had double for his trouble. >> joanne, were you surprised when you saw what was coming out of this little one's mouth? >> i was very surprised. i was very surprised. i was amazed. my husband and i, we were amazed just to see samuel get up and preach without any notes or anything. >> and you took him to church,
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obviously, but when did you realize he had the gift, how young was he? >> i realized he had the gift when he was invited to speak in a church in birmingham, alabama, and he stepped up and preached without any notes. it was just so amazing. >> was it about job? >> you're the only one i know that likes job that much. job is a tough book to get through. good for you. beverly, how did you get involved? >> actually, through preschool. he was brought to me at age 13 months, which is a little early. i actually start teaching academically at age 2 and i met him at 13 months. by 18 months i knew he was gifted academically. >> how did you know that? >> most teachers know you do this repetitious work and we were doing the repetitious work and just out of spite i said, samuel, you do it. it's your turn now. he did all of it just like the 3 and 4 year olds. he knew everything we had been doing just by observing. >> what do your friends think about what you do?
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>> they really don't -- they really don't mind. they are like, oh, samuel is a preacher. let's play soccer ball. >> so you're well rounded, right? an average kid and when you're not preaching. >> do you want to grow up and be a preacher? >> yes, i want to grow up to be a preacher and a doctor that takes care -- >> to be what? >> a preacher and a doctor that takes care of children. >> so like a pediatrician? >> a pediatrician preacher. i like it. >> i am totally captivated by you, samuel. i adore you. is that all right? >> uh-huh. >> samuel, thank you. congrats, mom. >> congratulations. beautiful, beautiful young man. this is fun. her cooking got her all the way to the white house. >> now amber kelly is sharing those healthy recipes. we're going to get a taste. first, this is "today" on nbc. >> samuel, samuel!
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back now with what's cooking, celebrating inspirational kids. we are in the kitchen with 10-year-old amber kelly, who wants us all to eat healthy. >> as if not busy enough
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appearing on her local news station, amber won her state's healthy lunchtime challenge and got invited to the white house and got to sit with the first lady. >> let's look at this picture for a second. was that fun? >> it was amazing. >> was she impressed with what you are trying to do? >> i think so. >> what are you going to cook for us today, sweetie? >> numb -- nummy no-noodle lasagna. this is the recipe i entered in the contest and it has three steps. >> okay. >> we call these our, like, fake noodles. >> fake noodles, okay. >> and really you just have a mandolin and you're going to go like this. >> what is that, zucchini? >> yes. >> you shave it. that becomes your noodle. >> yes. >> like that. the mandolin is like a knife in disguise. this is a knife right here. >> comes out the bottom. >> you can do some.
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you got to be careful with your fingers. >> i'll be very careful. >> let's just move on to the sauce. so we have some yellow onions in here. thank goodness they are already cut, because they make me cry. >> me, too. you are so cute. >> we have that and we add in our two cloves of garlic. >> aunt kathie doesn't know what she's doing. >> why do yours look so pretty and mine look like hoda made them? >> hey! am i not right here? >> then you just add in your turkey sausage. >> turkey sausage. >> dump it? >> dump it. >> that makes it healthier. >> then you kind of want to break it up. you don't want any pink. then you add in your chunks. >> is that just tomato? >> then your paste. >> tomato paste. >> kid's getting on my nerves.
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>> then you're going to add in some dry basil. >> okay. >> do we salt and pepper to taste? >> yes. >> just a little bit. try not to add too much salt, right? >> yes. >> kathie, that's not right. >> then you're going to let it simmer for 30 minutes. >> 30 minutes! >> then you're going to move over. we have our finished sauce. you want it to get thick. this is pretty thick. now we're going to assemble it. just need a ladle of your sauce. >> awe sweet. >> she's putting up with us. >> you make a layer of that first. >> we get it. we want to eat. >> thank you for all this cooking. >> then you put on mozzarella and parmesan. >> here's yours. >> i am dying to try this. we have a surprise for you and all the other kids. let's bring in all the other kids. come on, everybody come in. we have a surprise for everybody. all right, you guys, ready? you guys were so inspiring to us
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we want to give you something back, so we are going to send each of you -- >> thank you, girard. >> and three members of your family to universal orlando. you're going to experience all of it. remember, the theme parks, you're going to stay at the lowe's hotel. >> it's fantastic. >> orbitz is flying you out there, so you get to bring you and how many others? two or three? >> let's just say ten. >> oh, no. oh, no. anyway, where's amber? >> three other people. this is awesome! where's maddie? maddie! where's samuel? where's michael? >> you've been nothing but trouble since the minute you got here. >> michael! all right, tomorrow, decorating tips. you have to taste it. >> i'm tasting it, it's fantastic. samuel, you want a bite? >> no. >> samuel's not hungry. >> have an awesome day, everybody.
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>> this was a fun show, everybody. >> nice job! >> see you tomorrow. >> bye, everybody. jeff: the braxtons! >> we're not the jacksons, we're the braxtons. [applause] jeff: the reality of putting their family values on display. >> there are no cameras. jeff: oh, a few. we went inside toni's heartbreaking health scare. >> i thought i would decide when i wanted to slow down. i didn't know life was going to tell me i had to take a break. [cheers and applause] jeff: a little about me. i'm recently married. i work with my wife on this show. and i'm learning how to be a dad to two amazing kids in a blended family. i'm also on a talk show because there is a lot to talk about. this is the adv